FO: Mmm Mmm Manos Cardi

A couple of days of rainy, cold weather and my own cold pushed me to finish the buttonholes on this cardi. I really like how it came out, though due to the aforementioned weather, the photos are shoddy.

cardi and coffee
cardi and coffee
yay for cardis
mm mm manos

The stats :


I didn’t really follow a pattern, but Laura’s (cosmicpluto knits!) Top-Down Cardi v2.0 is a good starting place.


42″ I think


Manos del Uruguay worsted kettle-dyed in Bing Cherry, acquired in a trade with E (Poking My Eyes Out). Hooray for trades!


US7(4.5mm) Knit Picks Options metal circulars


February 2007 – mid-Oct 2007. I actually cast on in mid-Feb, then stashed it away in my sweater yarn box until mid-September, when I picked it up because I wanted something mindless to knit on. I finished the knitting on 7 October, but it took me over two weeks to figure out the buttons and buttonholes.

Modifications isn’t really an accurate description here since I didn’t follow a pattern. However, I added short-row bust shaping, bust increase darts, waist decreases, and hip increases (a couple too many hip increases, but it is ok). One of the hanks of yarn was quite a bit different than the others, which you can see as a stripe in the yoke of the sweater. I don’t mind, but I know other people might (but I knew what I was getting into when I decided against working from two hanks at once).

I made the cuffs buttoned by casting on 6 additional stitches, working them flat, and adding a buttonhole.

buttony cuffs
I love buttoned cuffs

I curved the front cardigan hemline by working appropriately slanted decreases in pattern.

buttons and hem
I love the buttons and the curved center

After numerous buttonhole attempts, I finally went with crocheted chain buttonholes. I’m happy with them.


Overall it was a quick, simple knit. It’s also a very wearable sweater for me to wear to work or hanging around on the weekend. I’m happy with it. Thanks for the yarn trade, E!

waist and hip shaping
waist and hip shaping
unbuttoned cuff
unbuttoned cuff
comfy sweater
one comfy sweater

14 Comments so far

  1. Kara on October 26th, 2007

    Oh that manos looks gorgeous in that sweater. What a perfect cozy cardi for fall.

  2. Kristin on October 26th, 2007

    That is so pretty! I love that color!

  3. Kristina on October 26th, 2007

    wow! It looks great — and so warm and cozy. Great job!!

  4. Laura on October 26th, 2007

    Beautiful sweater! Want to knit me one? I hate doing sleeves, they are pointless. Hee hee. I love those buttons…stunning!

  5. Diane E. on October 26th, 2007

    Very nice, fits you perfectly!n Love the buttons too. Where are they from?

  6. E on October 27th, 2007

    (bah) sweater. I could use it this morning. It is 34 degree! ;-) hehe.

  7. gleek on October 27th, 2007

    what a great and comfy cardi! i bet it will get tons of wear :)

  8. Dawn on October 28th, 2007

    It looks great and I love the buttons. What a great addition (cool ass color, as well).

  9. Liz on October 28th, 2007

    It looks so WARM! Like a great sweater to snuggle up with. The color is gorgeous, too.

  10. Andrea on October 28th, 2007

    Lovely! Personally, I’m not crazy about the gap that the button loops leave, but I love all the other details. :)

  11. Holly Jo on October 28th, 2007

    It looks fabulous on you! Great choice on the buttonholes – a simple looking sweater with a nice design detail. Glad the weather finally cooled down for you guys. :)

  12. stacey on October 29th, 2007

    very cute! that looks super duper cozy!!!!

  13. Vera on October 30th, 2007

    Fabulous cardi. It looks so cozy.

  14. kelp! on November 2nd, 2007

    Love! Love the yarn, the fit, the color, everything! It looks like something you’ll get a lot of wear out of.